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Overview

With the explosive growth of online video sharing communities over the past year, creating a video sharing site is an enticing idea, and popular sites can grow quickly - especially if you are serving a particular niche.

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Jamroom has been supporting videos for over 4 years, and can do pretty much anything you want.  In this guide we're going to show how to create a YouTube clone using Jamroom.
 
We'll be using the "JamTube" Jamroom Skin and Profile Theme.  The JamTube skin and theme has been designed to give you a "YouTube" like skin out of the box, with minimal modifications.

Requirements

This guide will assume you have a Jamroom Enterprise License (or Jamroom Professional License + Cluster and Conversion Server).  If you do not have these licenses, some parts of this guide may not apply, and some features may not work.  You will need to be running the latest releases of Jamroom 4.

This guide will also assume that Jamroom has already been installed on your server, and is working.  If you have not installed Jamroom yet, make sure and check out the Jamroom install guide.

Step One - use the JamTube skin

The first step is to make sure we are using the "JamTube" Jamroom Skin and Profile Theme.  The JamTube skin and theme are part of the "Jamroom Skin Pack", and give us a "YouTube" feel right out of the box.  The JamTube skin has been designed to exclusively handle VIDEO only, so it does not feature support for audio.

  • Log in to Jamroom as the Master Admin
  • Click on the "Admin Options" link
  • Click on the "Jamroom Config" option
  • Click on the "Jamroom Skins" option
  • Click on the "Set as Active Skin" to the right of the JamTube skin.

This will change the Jamroom Skin to the JamTube skin.  You should immediately see the Control Panel skin change as well to reflect the new JamTube skin.

Step Two - use the JamTube Profile Theme

Our next step is to make sure the Profiles in your Jamroom are using the JamTube Profile Theme:

  • Log in to Jamroom as the Master Admin
  • Click on the "Admin Options" link
  • Click on the "Jamroom Config" option
  • Click on the "Profile Themes" option
  • Click on the "Make Default" button to the right of the "JamTube" profile theme.  This will set the JamTube profile theme as the default.
  • If any of your profiles are using a different theme then the JamTube theme, click on the "transfer" button next to the other themes, and make sure all profiles are transferred to the JamTube theme.
  • When all of your profiles are on the JamTube theme, click on the "Rebuild Profiles" button in the "options" section at the top.
  • Rebuild all of your profiles with the "Fast Rebuild" option UNCHECKED.

That's it - now all of your profiles are set to use the JamTube Profile Theme.

Step Three - setup Jamroom Quotas

The next step is to make sure the Jamroom Quotas are configured properly to only show the options we need for the JamTube skin/theme:

Setup Default Profile Theme in Quotas:

  • Click on the "Admin Options" link
  • Click on the "Jamroom Config" option
  • Click on the "Jamroom Quotas" option
  • Click on the "modify" button to the right of your artist quota
  • Select the "Profile Themes" tab, and make sure the "JamTube" theme is the ONLY theme selected in the "Profile Themes" window as well as the "Default Theme" window.   Save the settings.  Repeat this procedure for EACH Jamroom quota you have setup.

Disable unused Profile features:

  • While still in the Jamroom Quota Config, set the following options on EACH of your Jamroom Quotas:
    • In the "General" Tab, set the following:
      • Allowed Disk Space - you might want to set this higher than the default (100mb), since videos can take up more space.
      • Require Video Approval - If you would like to "approve" each video before it is live on your site, make sure this is set to "yes".
      • Save Settings
    • In the "Media Support" Tab, set the following:
      • Allow Progress Meter - set to "yes"
      • Allow Songs -> set to "no"
      • Valid Video Formats -> set to "wmv,m4v,mov,mpg,mpeg,flv,f4v,3gp,avi"
      • Enable Video Conversions -> set to "yes".
        • Click on the "Settings" button and make sure both the "Video Resolution" and "Video Bitrate" are set to "Same as Input" and save.
      • Video Image Grab -> set to "yes"
      • Allow Photo Gallery -> set to "no"
      • Save Settings
    • In the "Site Features" tab set the following:
      • Allow Forum -> set to "no"
      • Allow Store -> set to "no"
      • Artist Stations -> set to "no"
      • Artist Channels -> set to "no"
      • Allow Fans -> set to "yes"
      • Artist EPK -> set to "no"
      • Allow Blog -> set to "no"
      • Save Settings

Step Four - update your English language file with customized version

To help make the Control Panel appear more inline with the "JamTube" skin, we've created a customized version of the English control panel language file:

Step Five - enjoy using your Jamroom ;)

With everything setup, you can now focus on enjoying and using your Jamroom site!

If you have any questions, or are looking to modify your site, make sure and join us in the User Support Forum.

tags: youtube clone, youtube clone script, youtube site


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